Tue March 19, 2019

Daily YouthSpace


Proverbs 20 (New King James Version)

1 Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
2 The wrath[a] of a king is like the roaring of a lion;
Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.
3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.
4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
But who can find a faithful man?
7 The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
Scatters all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin”?
10 Diverse weights and diverse measures,
They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.
11 Even a child is known by his deeds,
Whether what he does is pure and right.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
14 “ It is good for nothing,”[b] cries the buyer;
But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies,
But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18 Plans are established by counsel;
By wise counsel wage war.
19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
20 Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning
Will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”;
Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD,
And dishonest scales are not good.
24 A man’s steps are of the LORD;
How then can a man understand his own way?
25 It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy,
And afterward to reconsider his vows.
26 A wise king sifts out the wicked,
And brings the threshing wheel over them.
27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.[c]
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king,
And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
And the splendor of old men is their gray head.
30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil,
As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.[d]




“Jesus Christ despised the shame. (Hebrews 12:2)

I am not ashamed of the gospel. (Romans 1:16)

'Ashamed' means a feeling of shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse for our word or deed. There would have been times in our lives when we had failed miserably, when we should have been confident that we would perform well and prove our talents, intelligence and skill. What would have been our response at such times? We would be filled with remorse and guilt. We would have thought that due to our hard work, and sincere efforts we would succeed. On the contrary, if we do not reap the desired result then we feel ashamed. In Romans 1:16 Paul said: "I am not ashamed of the gospel." Does this mean that all his efforts brought the best results, and that he was very successful in whatever he did? No! Certainly not! Paul was highly learned; a student of Gamaliel, the greatest scholar of his times. But, when he chose to follow Jesus and started preaching the gospel he was put in circumstances that were really shameful. For example: II Corinthians 11: 23-26 lists the many ways Paul was put to shame. - beaten, lashed, lacerated, stoned, robbed, rubbed and even imprisoned. Then how Paul was able to say: "I am not ashamed"? Paul actually had learnt to despise the shameful experiences that he encountered while preaching the gospel of Christ.

Dear friends, today, are we condemned, criticized, and treated like dust for our faith in the Lord Jesus? Let us take the shame and hurt, dust and stones hurled at us, and still continue carrying the gospel to the people in darkness. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Jesus Christ despised shame.” Let us also follow His example. Will it be possible for us to endure shame as Jesus did, as true disciples of Christ? Yes! Only when we learn to fix our eyes on the reward kept in heaven for us. Paul said: I forget the past, look to the future and run the present with steadfast fervor so that I can really hold on to the prize. Jesus was glorified by the Father in heaven for His despising the shame and that was His reward! . Let us also do so and reap the reward from the heavenly Father.

PRAYER: Dear God, give me Your grace to understand that a failure to achieve is not a matter of shame. Let me understand that You have given me an opportunity to share the gospel to people, and I need to do it without feeling ashamed, whatever circumstance I face for its sake. Amen.



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